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Psychology Minor

Gain a better understanding of human behavior — and learn how to apply it to your field of study — with a minor in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri. No matter whether you’re studying Human Development and Family Science, Sociology, Criminal Justice or Nursing, you’ll benefit from the undergraduate courses offered as part of this minor at UCM. Digging into why people act the way they do and feel particular emotions can provide you with invaluable context you’ll be able to apply in your future profession.

Faculty expertise and guidance

At UCM, you’ll learn from caring faculty who are experts in their fields. They use their knowledge and passion for mentorship to work with you and make sure you’re taking the right courses to enhance your academic and career goals.

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Ellie Hwang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
Program Coordinator
Lovinger 1204
Tel: 660-543-8911

College of Health, Science and Technology

Department of Psychological Science

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What you will study

Most students in the University of Central Missouri’s minor in Psychology program take a core set of courses that may include:

  • General Psychology
  • Psychology of Personal Adjustment
  • Social Psychology

You can then add specialized courses that complement your major. Criminal Justice and Criminology majors may want to take Forensic Psychology or an Abnormal Psychology class. Business majors will benefit from Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Human Development and Family Science majors can enhance their learning plans with Child and Adolescent Psychological Development or Psychology of Adolescence. 

No matter your major, UCM’s Psychology minor offers courses that will give you new perspectives on your field.


Unique learning opportunities in psychology

As a Psychology minor at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll find exciting opportunities to get hands-on experience during your college education:

  • Undergraduate research: Work with a faculty mentor on a research project that combines the psychological sciences with an area of interest from your major. This can help you better understand your subject matter and see it through a new lens.
  • Advanced labs: Get experience using professional equipment in one of UCM’s many advanced psychology laboratories. Use EEGs and EKGs to research biosignals and work with cutting-edge technology that can help you assess and treat biomedical disorders.


What can you do with a minor in Psychology from UCM?

Your minor in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri can be applied to a wide range of career paths, enhancing your job opportunities and marketability. 

If you plan to pursue criminal justice and criminology, you can use what you learn about human behavior to better understand delinquency. If you’re interested in pursuing work with families, you can learn more about the psychology of familial relationships and child development to inform your work. You can even benefit from a minor in Psychology if you’re preparing to enter the business world. You’ll gain insight into how to approach your work with a deeper understanding of business relationships, negotiations and marketing strategies.

Careers in psychology

Use the interactive tool below to explore career paths in psychology, as well as job growth projections, salary information and more.




Financial assistance options for your Psychology minor

At the University of Central Missouri, you’ll get a high-value education at a cost you can afford. In fact, we’re recognized by LendEDU as a top university for low student debt, thanks to our combination of affordable tuition and generous financial assistance. We offer many forms of financial aid, including:

  • Scholarships
  • Grants
  • Tuition awards
  • Assistantships
  • Loans

UCM’s Alumni Foundation also offers further financial assistance to students in certain degree programs. You can learn more about program-specific scholarships by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Explore programs related to psychology.

If you’re interested in understanding human behavior, you may want to explore these related UCM minors:


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